The FAD participates in selecting and commissioning the Barcelona Designers' Collective, a vital role in order to secure the very best talent and obtain the highest quality design to be shown to the public. Mentoring is another core element of the project, the aim of which is to bring together up-and-coming talent with established designers, to accompany them on their design journey. This duty is generously carried out by all members of the panel, all of whom are well known in their specific field of design, such as Benedetta Tagliabue, Biel Capllonch, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the Torres Brothers (Hermanos Torres), Claret Serrahima, Eugeni Quitllet, Marc Monzó and Miriam Ponsa.
We have a panel of expert judges, comprised of well-renowned, internationally prestigious experts linked to various different design fields (this year will also include gastronomy), who have supported the Barcelona Designers’ Collective, backing both the project itself and those up-and-coming talents taking part. This expert panel has assessed the creative talent, imagination, originality and commercial inclination of the selected applicants.
Nani Marquina - Designer, entrepreneur and president of FAD
Studied industrial design and in 1987 founded her own company, Nani Marquina, a brand dedicated to the design, manufacturing and distribution of rugs and textile articles for the home. Right from the outset she paid special attention to researching raw materials and manufacturing processes, which has been one of the key factors behind the commercial success of the brand. She was the first textile designer that committed to the concept of designer rugs. 2002 was when the brand grew and expanded and her products gained international acclaim. The brand has won awards such as the National Design Prize (Premio Nacional de Diseño) and the Premi Cambra de la Gestió Empresaria. She recently received the International Womens Entrepreneurial Award from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, on top of the FIDEN award for Female Entrepreneur of the year 2007. She has also been the President of the Professional Designers’ Association (Asociación de Diseñadores Profesionales), and the Design Company Meeting (RED - Reunión de Empresas de Diseño). Since early 2014, she has been President of the FAD.
Torres Brothers - Chefs at the Dos Cielos restaurant
Javier and Sergio Torres's calling for cooking came about when they were eight years old, thanks to their grandmother Catalina. They were born in Barcelona in 1970 and soon began to work and study cooking in the Reno restaurant in Barcelona and the Girasol in Alicante, two of Spain's most renowned haute cuisine restaurants. The Torres brothers (Hermanos Torres) learnt a great deal from the chefs that they worked under and both brothers have passed through some of the world's finest kitchens. In 2008, the Hermanos Torres made the dream that they had since they were little, come true. Having showcased the sum of their talents, they joined forces with the hotel chain Meliá to open their very own restaurant in their hometown, on 24th floor of the ME Hotel in Barcelona (currently Melia Barcelona Sky). Its name, Dos Cielos, comes from the name they were called by their grandmother when they were young. With hard work and a great deal of love, and a kitchen which is bursting with flavours that is forever evolving (thanks to their masterful command of new techniques applied with a special touch to the exceptional raw materials, which includes a wide range of seasonal products and vegetables), Dos Cielos is making a real name for itself and was awarded the Best Restaurant of the Year at the Catalan Academy National Gastronomy Awards (Premios Nacionales de Gastronomía de la Academia Catalana) and above all, its first Michelin Star, which the brothers proudly received in December 2010.
Carlos Santana - Retail Director at Value Retail Spain
Carlos Santana has more than 20 years international experience in luxury and fashion brands, having worked with brands such as Gucci, Emporio Armani and Louis Vuitton, managing and selecting retail products. He is currently Retail Director at the company Value Retail in Spain, the company that manages La Roca Village (Barcelona) and Las Rozas Village (Madrid), two of Value Retail's nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages.
Biel Capllonch - Photographer
Born in Mallorca and educated at the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, he juggles his more personal and artistic work with fashion and advertising work. His powerful and suggestive fashion photography stands out from the more run-of-the-mill commercial photography, thanks to its high concept vision. Well-known thanks to his work on Sónar festival's campaigns, he will share images and scenes from his unsettling inner world with us, leaving nobody indifferent. He has worked on campaigns for Sónar, Vueling, Banc Sabadell, Camper, Revlon, Ikea, JB, Panasonic, Vodafone, Nike, Clipper, 4kilos, Dewars, Martini, Damm, Sitges Film Festival, among others and frequently collaborates with independent media. His work has been shown both in individual and collective exhibitions in Spain and abroad.
Benedetta Tagliabue - Architect at EMBT
Benedetta Tagliabue studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV). She is the Director of the international architecture firm, Miralles Tagliablue EMBT, which she co-founded in 1994 with Enric Miralles, headquartered in Barcelona and with offices in Shanghai. The Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, the Parque de Diagonal Mar, the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, the Vigo University Campus and the Spanish Pavillion at the 2010 Shanghai Universal Expo, which received the prestigious RIBA award for Best International Building in 2011, are among her most renowned built projects. The firm is currently working on the University of Fudan's Business School in Shanghai, China, office towers in Taiwan and Taichung, the Hafencity Public Spaces in Hamburg, Germany and the metro station Clichy-Montfermeil in Paris, France. In November 2013, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded her the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award, which is awarded each year to an individual (or practice) that has made a major international contribution simultaneously to the theory and practice of architecture. She is also Director of the Enric Miralles Foundation, the remit of which is to promote experimental architecture, in the spirit of her late husband and partner Enric Miralles.
Lázaro Rosa Violán - Interior Designer, painter, traveller and master of settings
Lázaro flited with his love of art from an early age and took classes at the Fine Arts Academy as an unregistered student at just eight years of age. Raised between Bilbao, Madrid and Barcelona he developed an early love of stately homes and places he visited. Painter by vocation, traveller by conviction and interior designer by inclination, he draws inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. His style embraces all styles; his cultural background allows him to mix, refine and reinterpret past and present trends, with each and very new commission he receives. He carried out his first project in Ibiza in 1990, where he made his name as an interior designer. In 2002, he opened his own studio and in just 12 years has seen spectacular growth, building up an enviable client portfolio and commanding keen media attention at every one of his openings.
Claret Serrahima - Designer and creator of Clase BCN
He has taken part in multiple projects that go above and beyond the tasks assigned to a graphic designer, given that he has curated cultural projects, has taught at universities and created spaces. Winner of the National Prize for Culture in 2010. Among others, he has been President of the ADG, Vice-President of the FAD, Professor and Vice-President of EINA and a member of the Board of Directors at MACBA. He is currently the CEO of Clase BCN, a design and visual communications studio. His work has been exhibited and published around the world. The Ceret Modern Arts Museum and Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona also held an exhibition on his career.
Marc Monzó – Jeweller that uses understated creativity to reinvent jewellery
Marc Monzó studied jewellery at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. He currently lives and works in Barcelona. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across Europe, the United States and Japan, among others, and has also given workshops and conferences. His work has been exhibited in various different collections, in the Barcelona Decorative Arts Museum (Museo de las Artes Decorativas de Barcelona), the National Gallery of Australia, the Stedelijk Museum’s-Hertogenbosh, the Françoise Van Den Bosch Foundation, the Apeldoorn CODA Museum, all three of which are located in Holland. From 2015 he has worked with the jewellery brand MISUI as Designer and Creative Director. Some of his jewellery has been published in books such as: Marc Monzó Jeweler, New Directions in Jewellery 2, Jewelry Design, Adorn, Inner Luxury and Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective. He also recently received the Françoise van den Bosch 2016 Award.
Miriam Ponsa - Fashion designer
Miriam Ponsa holds a degree in fashion design from the University of Southampton (UK) and specialises in knitwear design in Igualada. Miriam Ponsa designs all of her collections in her atelier in Manresa and manufactures the collections in Catalan workshops. Her core values include, hard work, teamwork, originality and reviving craft techniques. Her collections are receiving rave reviews. The last, but not least, out of a long list, is the “Dones Mula” award, for the best collection at Pasarela 080 Spring-Summer 2015, awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Eugeni Quitllet - recently awarded Designer of the Year 2016 by Maison&Object
Born in April 1972, Eugeni Quitllet is a Catalan designer and graduated from the Universidad Artística de La Llotja in Barcelona. His products incorporate forms and curves of spectacular elegance, creating highly desirable products with boundless energy. Kartell, Alias, Lexon, Christofle, Vandom, Mobles 114 and Air France have entrusted him with their projects, and he likes to refer to himself as a “Desidreamer” (Disoñador). Adapting himself to objects and spaces, Eugeni Quitllet is one of the few designers that thinks outside the box, allowing us to look at things from a completely new perspective.